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|Motivation=The n-ary relationships should be used when: (a) a binary relationship really needs a further argument; (b) two binary relationships always go together and should be represented as one n-ary relation; (c) a relationship that is really amongst several things.
|Motivation=The n-ary relationships should be used when: (a) a binary relationship really needs a further argument; (b) two binary relationships always go together and should be represented as one n-ary relation; (c) a relationship that is really amongst several things.
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The motivation of this pattern is to express the inverse relationship of a n-ary one where there are distinguished participants, that is, there is a single individual standing out as the subject or the "owner" of the relation. This means that the relationship exists mainly between two entities and the rest of entities involved in the relationship can be considered as additional arguments.   
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On the one hand, the motivation of this pattern is to express the inverse relationship of an n-ary one where there are distinguished participants, that is, there is a single individual standing out as the subject or the "owner" of the relation. This means that the relationship exists mainly between two entities and the rest of entities involved in the relationship can be considered as additional arguments.
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On the other hand, this pattern is intended to speed up the queries involving the distinguished participants in the n-ary relationship.
This pattern is inspired on the third consideration shown in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#choosingPattern1or2. The difference in our case is that there are at least two distinguished participants into the relationship. Therefore this pattern could be considered as an extension of the third consideration shown in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#choosingPattern1or2 applied to the use case of n-ary relationships described in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#useCase1.
This pattern is inspired on the third consideration shown in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#choosingPattern1or2. The difference in our case is that there are at least two distinguished participants into the relationship. Therefore this pattern could be considered as an extension of the third consideration shown in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#choosingPattern1or2 applied to the use case of n-ary relationships described in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#useCase1.

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Name Inverse n-ary relationship
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Author(s) MariaPoveda, MariCarmenSuarezFigueroa
SubmittedBy MariaPoveda, MariCarmenSuarezFigueroa


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Motivation The n-ary relationships should be used when: (a) a binary relationship really needs a further argument; (b) two binary relationships always go together and should be represented as one n-ary relation; (c) a relationship that is really amongst several things.

On the one hand, the motivation of this pattern is to express the inverse relationship of an n-ary one where there are distinguished participants, that is, there is a single individual standing out as the subject or the "owner" of the relation. This means that the relationship exists mainly between two entities and the rest of entities involved in the relationship can be considered as additional arguments.

On the other hand, this pattern is intended to speed up the queries involving the distinguished participants in the n-ary relationship.

This pattern is inspired on the third consideration shown in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#choosingPattern1or2. The difference in our case is that there are at least two distinguished participants into the relationship. Therefore this pattern could be considered as an extension of the third consideration shown in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#choosingPattern1or2 applied to the use case of n-ary relationships described in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#useCase1.

Aim The aim of this pattern is to allow asking for n-ary relationships and their inverse between two distinguished participants without a complex query (that would involve the class created to support the n-ary relation between the origin and destination classes of the n-ary relationship).
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Elements Class, Relationship, Attribute and inverseOf
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Example

Problem example We might want to represent that a service provider provides a service at a place in a given period of time with a particular price. The model should also represent that a service is offered by a provider.

We have also observed that the queries executed by our applications often ask for the relationship between providers and their service and rarely ask for the relationships about the services and where they are provided. Image:N_aria_provider_service.JPG

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Consequences The main advantage of this pattern is that allows asking for those services that are provided by a service provider and vice-versa without a complex query (that would involve the class created to support the n-ary relation between service providers and services).


Pattern reference

Origin Logical Pattern for Modelling N-ary Relation: Introducing a New Class for the Relation (http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#pattern1) and the third consideration in http://www.w3.org/TR/swbp-n-aryRelations/#choosingPattern1or2
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Related ODP Logical Pattern for Modelling N-ary Relation: Introducing a New Class for the Relation
Used in combination with Logical Pattern for Modelling N-ary Relation: Introducing a New Class for the Relation
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Review article Posted on About revision (current is 10161)
CatherineRoussey about Inverse n-ary relationship 245545010 September 2010 1006010,060
GerdGroener about Inverse n-ary relationship 245545010 September 2010 1006010,060
AlessandroAdamou about Inverse n-ary relationship 245545616 September 2010 1010110,101
OlafNoppens about Inverse n-ary relationship 245545616 September 2010 1010110,101

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